What are the symptoms of tuberous sclerosis?
Your doctor may suspect tuberous sclerosis if your baby has a condition called cardiac rhabdomyomas (benign heart tumors) at birth or starts to have seizures, especially a kind of seizure called infantile spasms.
Some signs of tuberous sclerosis can first appear later in childhood. These symptoms include:
- White spots on the skin (called hypopigmented macules) that glow under a special lamp
- A rash on the face (called facial angiofibromas) that may look like acne
- Problems with the kidneys (associated with growths in the kidneys)
- Areas of very thick skin
- Growths under or around the nails
- Coughing or shortness of breath
- Mental disabilities or developmental problems
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